What a great piece for either a collector of cribbage boards or of Mauchline Ware! The transfer prints are in excellent condition. The first is "THE ANCIENT ENTRANCE GATE, STIRLING CASTLE" and the second is "THE PALACE, STIRLING CASTLE". In the center it reads "BOUGHT IN THE DOUGLAS ROOM OF THE ROYAL PALACE OF STIRLING". Below that is a quote "Ye Towers within whose circuit dread, A Douglas by his Sovereign bled." The board measures approximately 10" by 3 ¼" and has beveled edges. One end has a brass piece that swivels to reveal two holes for holding pegs. There are no pegs that were with the board when I purchased it. This board was obviously used to play the game, with the usual small nicks and scratches. There is a peg broken off in one of the holes which I am not going to attempt to remove. A few of the holes have minor damage around them, and one section of pegs has a gouge that looks to me like it was done by a tool when the board was made. The black streaks running through some of the peg sections are part of the wood. The bottom of the game board is quite worn, and someone tried to scratch a name into the blue surface. Below the swivel cover the wood is broken through to the edges of the peg holder. This does not show from the front. This all shows clearly in the pictures. Overall, for a piece of this age, it is in pretty good condition. These wonderful souvenir pieces were highly prized by tourists in the Victorian Era. They were made of sycamore wood in and around the town of Mauchline in Scotland. Free First Class Mail within US.
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